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Anchor Cottage Freshwater Decor Decorating Store

For absolutely everything "Freshwater Decor" head to Anchor Cottage. Located in Uptown Suttons Bay Michigan, Anchor Cottage carries Pine Cone Hill bedding, Dash & Albert rugs, Emma Bridgwater tabletop, Crabtree & Evelyn bubble bath. Gifts and antiques with a nautical flair. We do special orders and shipping all over the United States. E-mail us at shop@anchorcottage.net. Can't wait to hear from you!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

On The Way To Empire

On the way to the Empire Bluff Trail we stopped at the darling Red Gate Farm. We bought flowers and strawberries, jam and granola. Then headed over to Inspiration Point. 
As we cruised our way through the tiny village we stopped at Sleeping Bear Gallery. Doesn't this bronze sculpture have good detail?

We climbed and we climbed, almost a mile up the path, to the top of the bluffs. South of the Sleeping Bear Dunes looking north out over Lake Michigan. The view is spectacular. 

All that climbing made us thirsty so we headed to Art's Tavern for a beer to wet our whistle and on the way over we did a double take! Jimmy's Pot Heads!! We thought that was hilarious. 
The day was rather misty in the distance so the breathtaking views were not as distinct as I would have liked. This view is all the way to Traverse City from central Leelanau County. It's a well kept secret, let me know if you can recognize it.

We made it home and grilled Cedar Hot Dogs and made samores. They were the best Cedar dogs I have ever had! Must have been the company.

I slept like a log that night.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

It's A Great Day

My sons from Brooklyn are here for a stay.

They came bearing gifts from far, far away....

Monday, June 30, 2014

The Mary T Project

Those of you that come into my shop have seen these baskets and paper beads for purchase.

Mary T first brought in these baskets, three seasons ago, to raise money for "Kids First" over in Uganda. The sale of the baskets and paper beads, made by the women of "Kids First", helps eliminate poverty and supports the education of their children.

The day Mary brought in this body of work, House Beautiful had similar baskets featured on page seventeen of the June issue!

Hung on the wall or stacked on your counter, these baskets are colorful and fun to use while helping mothers and children in need.

Thank you Mary.

Thursday, June 26, 2014


The big holiday weekend is coming quickly!

Flipping the store over to red, white and blue.

Did this look for a clients guestroom.

I have always loved red, white and blue, they are my colors and I wear them very well.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Feeling A Little Blue

blue gingham slippers
I may need to tap dance in blue, gingham loafers, that would make me laugh.
Found on monde-des-hommes.tumblr.com
Image by #hennyvanbelkom
The energy captured in the colors of a Mariska Meijers' pattern would truly make me smile.
I've heard this many times before but it looks and means something different since Dad passed away
Making my life count for something that will make a difference for those who search for direction, is my serenity.
ZsaZsa Bellagio
Doing a little happiness dance right now!!             Found on zsazsabellagio.tumblr.com
It is 53 degrees and raining today and tomorrow is the first day of Summer! Wish I were home with a fire in the fireplace, baking Chocolate Chip cookies and chilling with by babe. This bedroom delights me to no end. Via Christel Romahn

Have a happy weekend!

Monday, June 16, 2014


"Seas" The Day!

Anchor Cottage Freshwater Decor


Dash & Albert/Pine Cone Hill

as a partner store.

Featuring: The Bunny Williams Collection

Complete Bedding and Rug swatches available, here, at Anchor Cottage.

Bunny Williams and Annie Selke have put together a fabulous rug collection for Annie's company, Dash & Albert.

Her jute rugs are an outstanding backdrop for the indoor/outdoor rugs in this collection.

The indoor/outdoor rugs are made of recycled materials and may be used in any room of your cottage, from the three season porch, into the children's room and out to the deck.

Just  a beautiful backdrop on your cottage floor. Soft underfoot and washable. A win win situation for vacation traffic coming in from the beach.

Anchor Cottage Freshwater Decor is proud to be a Pine Cone Hill/Dash & Albert partner store!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

What Inspired Me This Week

garden shed
The inspiration, here, is to paint the interior side of the entry door, to my studio, yellow. Then, when I prop the door open, I can see the yellow door from my front porch. How happy is that?
7. into the wild-kara rosenlund
What a classy looking food truck!
Jane Lafazio's sketcbook
If everyday, that I am on the beach, I paint one small sketch and pen one small story, I will have a collection of summer at my finger tips over the long, quiet winter months.
Decorate with Painted Beach Rocks
I am buying some watercolor pens! 
Claude Monet
Inspired by Claude Monet, his sky and his water in this painting.

You never know where you will find your inspirations!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

And The Layers...They Just Keep On Coming!

There is always room for more, ask any showroom manager!

I have five more large orders coming in before July 4th.

Did anyone see page 17 in the, June 2014, House Beautiful magazine?

Wait until you see what comes into the shop next!!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

See Anything Different?

Anchor Cottage Freshwater Decor is in her 11th season!

Every girl likes to change 'er up a bit every now and then.
I called the painter and had him give her some eyeliner in Licorice!

I am digging this coral color, if I wore lipstick this would be the color.

I think the metal flowers need to come off the wall, too busy and out of context with the nautical theme.

See my special gift?

He put my Uwharrie chairs together.

SRS Painting.

A view of the crew from the rear.

I want more of these Tulips, they are so perky.

These Uwharrie chairs are so comfortable to sit on. They come in 29 colors and 21 design styles. This pair is in the Fanback collection and the color is Coral.

Another beautiful day on the Leelanau Peninsula.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Before They Run Out The Door

Dana Gibson Lamps!!

I needed to take these photos before I worked the lamps into the store because I don't think they're going to stick around for long!

I will be bringing in more of her pieces this season. In the meantime you can go to http://www.danagibson.com/ to take a look at her body of work. There are some really great lamps in her collection.